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INQUEST Lawyers Group
The INQUEST Lawyers Group (ILG) exists to support the work of INQUEST and further its objectives.
The ILG is a national pool of lawyers who are willing and able to provide preparation and legal representation for bereaved families. Membership is open to all lawyers who represent bereaved families and share INQUEST’s objectives.
The ILG promotes and develops knowledge and expertise in the law and practice of inquests by providing training and acting as a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience. In conjunction with INQUEST it also campaigns for law reform and public funding to cover representation for the bereaved at inquests.
Members of the INQUEST Lawyers Group receive advice and assistance on inquest law, procedure and practice as well as background on relevant cases, related campaign, policy and research work. They are invited to join a specialist private email list for this purpose. Members of the ILG also receive a subscription to Inquest Law magazine which is published three times a year, complimentary membership of INQUEST, the annual report and invitations to INQUEST annual general meetings.
The INQUEST Lawyers group also benefits from regular invitations to meetings hosted by leading professionals and practitioners, and has run training courses for practitioners on current issues in inquest law.
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‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah